Over the last three years, the Howard boys lacrosse program has been growing into one of the county's elite programs. Undefeated so far this season, including a statement win against fellow league power Centennial, the Lions were looking to do something that no player on their roster had ever achieved: take down Glenelg. Friday night, Howard welcomed the Gladiators for a matchup that felt less like a standard game in mid-April, and more like a championship showdown. On the heels of Cody Ford's three goals, including two fourth quarter rockets in less than 30 seconds, the Lions pulled through, 9-6, to finally achieve that elusive victory.
The Atholton baseball team may have hung around with visiting Marriotts Ridge on Wednesday thanks to fielding errors, but when it came down to it, the Raiders won with clutch hitting. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Atholton got back-to-back hits from Dan McCann, Brady Acker, Phil Frazier (RBI) and Nick Raulin (RBI) to take its first lead of the game, 7-6. After a walk to Michael Slayton and another RBI single by Jordan Patterson, the Raiders had a two-run cushion, which they'd need. Marriotts Ridge (3-2) got a leadoff double from Jake Bender in the top of the seventh and scored on a two-out single by Storm Galloway, but Atholton (4-0) held on to win, 8-7, when Phil Frazier (2-3, 2B, 2 RBI) squeezed a fly ball in left field.
The Marriotts Ridge baseball team overcame disasters in the first and fifth innings Thursday afternoon against visiting Mt. Hebron to win, 6-3. Mt. Hebron jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, but Mustangs starter Grant Summers gathered himself to pitch into the seventh without allowing another run. Both teams admitted still being rusty from limited time on the diamond due to the extended winter.
Each spring, as baseball diamonds around Howard County thaw out, hope is renewed that a local public school team will return to Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen for the state championship game. But each spring for the last five years, Howard County has come up empty-handed in late May. This spring, with talent spread deep throughout the area, Howard County baseball enters the season confident and hungry to be playing past graduation. "Out of all the counties, I think we have the most talent," said Atholton senior center fielder Brady Acker, a three-time all-county selection who will play for George Mason next year. "I'm surprised none of us have won it yet, but I feel like this could be the year."
Ka¿Mari Robinson and Sabrina DeLeonibus each scored 14 points, Lauren Smith corralled 10 rebounds, and Glenelg Country built some much-needed momentum for a playoff push Friday as it defeated visiting Park School, 43-25.
Senior attackman Tyler Reid and junior attackman Chris Dashiell each scored three goals to help No. 4 Stevenson overwhelm No. 12 and reigning national champion Salisbury, 12-6, in an NCAA tournament semifinal Sunday night.
Charlie Jones scored 22 points for the second straight game to lead No. 2 Mount St. Joseph over Charlotte Christian (N.C.), 77-57, in the championship of the Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic in Charleston, S.C., on Saturday.
For the second straight year, The Baltimore Sun has counted down the best returning Division I college basketball players from this area. Players were chosen based on previous college accomplishments and projections for the 2012-13 season. College coaches, sports information directors, writers and others were consulted in compiling this list